Optimal Presentation State
- Put your audience first—presenting is persuasion and influence based on evidence and reliable facts before, during and after the speech. Rule # 1 be prepared to answer the top of the mind question—What’s in it for me (WII-FM) to listen to your presentation?
- Create a unique connect—build rapport and create psychologically comfort environment. Audiences need to know you care. Rule # 2 use the Make Me Feel Important (MMFI) feedback process.
- Get their attention—focus on their needs and wants not yours
- Manage your FEARS by using nervous energy in positive way—No Making Stuff up (MSU’s) and negative self-talk. Try proven relaxation techniques.
- Follow proven structure for developing presentation—opening, main points and close.
- Use the stickiness approach—connect in unique ways, be clear, concise and compelling = Credibility
- Walk the Talk—present evidence based proof, realistic examples and compelling stories.
- Remember that small things make a big difference—focus on the 3V’s (visual, verbal and vocal ) to add variety and reach different learning styles in the audience
- Be responsive to Q/A—treat your audience as you would want to be treated if the positions were reversed
- Practice the right skills through “deliberative practice—Trust yourself and have fun.